Four games, four wins - after a splendid start to the new year, BVB is back in the title race.
The strong performance in the 5-1 win against Freiburg is encouraging - as is Sébastien Haller's goal.
Dortmund - Ovations for goal scorer Sébastien Haller, thunderous applause for the team - Borussia Dortmund's upward trend in the new year continues.
With a 5:1 (1:1) win over their neighbor SC Freiburg, who was tied on points, Edin Terzic's team continued their race to catch up in the Bundesliga in an impressive manner in the fight for the Champions League places.
Thanks to Haller's first goal (51st minute) after cancer surgery and chemotherapy for BVB and further goals from Nico Schlotterbeck (26th), Karim Adeyemi (48th), Julian Brandt (69th) and Giovanni Reyna (82nd). the Revierclub finished fourth in the table and drew level on points with title favorites FC Bayern Munich for at least one day.
The early dismissal of Freiburg's Kiliann Sildillia (17th) played into the hands of Borussia.
On the other hand, Freiburg, who came to the equalizer in front of 81,365 spectators in the sold-out Signal Iduna Park through Lucas Höler (45th), have been struggling since the end of the winter break.
After just one win in four attempts, they are sixth in the table.
In addition, Christian Streich was unsuccessful in his eleventh game as SC coach in Dortmund.
In addition, he saw the red card in the 77th minute.
The first appearance of captain Marco Reus in the starting XI since mid-September seemed to boost Borussia's game.
BVB started the game with great commitment and high speed.
Although the Freiburg defense initially withstood the high pressure, they were at a disadvantage early on.
After repeated foul play, defender Kiliann Sildillia saw yellow-red.
It was the first dismissal for Freiburg since November 2019. This ended a run of 109 Bundesliga games without a dismissal, the longest by a club since the yellow-red card was introduced in 1991.
Outnumbered, the guests continued to defend themselves as best they could, but had to accept the 0:1.
A long-range shot by Niklas Süle from 25 meters SC keeper Mark Flekken deflected against the post.
But after the subsequent corner, former Freiburg player Schlotterbeck hit the net from a tight angle.
Flekken did not cut a good figure.
After all, the Freiburg team managed to break away from the grip.
But they didn't get their own chances for a long time.
But with the first dangerous shot at the opposing goal, the lucky equalizer was achieved shortly before half-time.
However, the hit out of nowhere did not have a long-lasting effect on BVB.
Shortly after the restart, the team struck back impressively.
A nice one-two with Jude Bellingham was refined by Adeyemi, who again caught the eye, with a low shot to take the lead again.
Shortly afterwards things got very emotional.
After a cross from Guerreiro, Haller hit his head – and with his first goal after a long period of suffering caused a trembling stadium.
When the goalscorer was substituted ten minutes later, no spectator stayed seated.
Brandt's long-range shot to make it 4-1 and 5-1 through substitute Reyna rounded off Borussia's best performance of the season.